Cup of Tea and I agree on the fact that some families might not know that a family member of an earlier generation had either UC or IBD. My grandmother carried matches every time she entered the bathroom. When I got older, I learned that she had very stinky diarrhea many times a day. Being a very proper lady, my grandmother NEVER spoke of bowel habits. She was always very careful about
what she ate. After she died, I learned that she had a bowel resection for a blockage when she was in her early thirties. I got the personal file she kept and when reading through the medical papers I found several with a diagnosis of "regional enteritis" - Crohn's. Her son and one daughter both developed ulcerative colitis in their 40s. I have CD and have one 1st cousin that surely has it but refuses to go through the diagnostic process. At some point he'll get so bad he will be forced to deal with it.
I'm so sorry that your son has Crohn's. Mine was classified as mild, and I am happy to report that my last scope showed no signs of Crohn's activity. It is possible to have remission. I hope your son heals quickly.
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